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1681KM, 7 Days, My Golden Horse(HYDERABAD-RAJAHMUNDRY-MAREDUMILLI-VISAKHAPATANAM-RAJAHMUNDRY-HYDERABAD)

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Day one(29/01/2017)

Sunday, Morning 8:00

HYDERABAD-->>>RAJAHMUNDRY

 

Distance: 429 KM

 

Drive Time: 9 Hours including one long break and few resting breaks

 

Mileage: 13.2 KMPL

 

Vehicle: Honda City VX Manual Transmission (Golden Horse)

 

Fuel: Petrol

 

Speed: Cruised at 120 KMPH

 

Route:

HYDERABAD--> Suryapet--> Vijayawada-->(VIJAYAWADA BYPASS ROAD) Nuzivid--> Hanuman Junction--> NH16 (CHENNAI-KOLKATA HIGHWAY)--> Rajahmundry.

 

Many of you might be familiar with the Vijayawada--> Rajahmundry normal route, but this is a newly constructed route which skips Vijayawada city traffic goes through many small village roads, narrow roads, small ghat roads or mini ghat roads. The road conditions are worst till Nuzivid and from there the road is two lane road and is good. There are no proper restaurants till Rajahmundry, one must be prepared to eat on the way side dhabas or else wait till Rajahmundry.

 

Coming to the Hyderabad

To Suryapet road, the road is awesome 4 laned road there are many restaurants on the way, driveking wrote a review about this road so I'm skipping the info of this way and will go on with my journey.

 

I stopped at Ma palle ruchulu for breakfast. The restaurant is awesome and the prices are reasonable for the quality. Don't expect any luxuries in the restaurant, it's a simple yet best village themed restaurant. Best items to eat is pulla atulu in veg. I don't know about non-veg. Waited there for one hour and started to Rajahmundry. And reached Rajahmundry by 5:00 in the evening. Stayed at housing board colony, my grandparents place.

 

Here are few pics if the restaurant and the way.31f4f452e9042147873ac3fe10cde737.jpg

 

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Pictures of Restaurant, Vijayawada Bypass road and the worst part of the Vijayawada bypass road.

 

 

Day Two (30/01/2017) Monday.

No activity, Took rest. 

 

Day Three(31/01/2017) Tuesday, Morning 7:30

RAJAHMUNDRY-->MAREDUMILLI

 

Distance: 86 KM

 

Drive Time: 2 hour 45 mins with few photography breaks.

 

Mileage: 13.2 KMPL

 

Vehicle: Honda City VX Manual Transmission

 

Fuel: Petrol

 

Speed: 80-110 KMPH

 

Route:

Rajahmundry--> Gadaala--> Rajahmundry Airport--> Burugupudi--> Korukonda--> Gokavaram--> Venkata Puram--> Folkspeta--> Bhuoatipalem--> Rampachodavaram--> Ramannavalasa--> Maredumilli.

 

Started at 7:30AM from Rajahmundry and reached Maredumilli at 10:30AM. The road conditions are excellent two laned road takes you through beautiful dense forest. After reaching Gokavaram mobile signal goes off only BSNL signals are available. After reaching Rampachodavaram beautiful dense and beautiful forest starts and the ghat road starts from there. One can easily maintain 80-100 on the road there'll be no traffic after crossing Rampachodavaram, that's the last place where we can find population and from there it's calm, beautiful, lush green, dense forest and agency area. There is a reservoir at Bhupathipalem name is Bhupathipalem reservoir that's a beautiful place which also offers boating.

 

There are two resorts to stay at Maredumill

1) Birds nest resort

2) Vanavihari Eco Tourism

 

The best place to stay for a family is Vanavihari Eco Tourism. There is a restaurant in the resort, veg and no veg are available on demand. Best time to stay and visit Maredumilli is October to November. And best place to stay is Hill top resort at Vanavihari Maredumilli. There are many other AC and non AC resorts to stay ranging from ₹1000 per night to ₹2000 per night for two people and ₹600 for an extra bed. There is Jungle star nature camp a site for camping.

 

Places to visit at Maredumilli

1) Jalatarangini Waterfalls

2) Swarnadhara And Rampa Waterfalls

3) Karthikavanam And The Vali Sugriva Medicinal Plants Conservation Area

4) Madanikunj-Vihara Sthal.

 

According to the receptionist at Vanavihari most of the waterfalls are dried up now. And Karthikavanam And The Vali Sugriva Medicinal Plants Conservation Area is empty, no one to guide and no one will be with you even to open the gate that's my personal experience but the place is must visit for nature lovers and Photographers. There is coffee plantation area where you can spot birds according to locals, but the place is deserted without a single person, better to go with groups and good offroading vehicles, preferably a Thar. Maredumilli is a place for true nature lovers, Photographers and for the people who want to forget and come out of cities and enjoy the nature. One can enjoy the silence of the forest and lush green beauty of the forest in any season.

I visited Vanavihari took photographs and explored few lonely and beautiful places in my Honda City, felt that's not the right car and not the right place for 3 people took rest near the coffee plantation gate and left the place with a heavy heart.

Places to Eat: Restaurant at Maredumilli.

PS: don't eat at way side Restaurants at Maredumilli. And bamboo chicken is famous there. Haven't tasted as I'm a vegetarian.

Here are few pictures.Vanavihari Maredumilli

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Ghat road through dense forest at Maredumilli

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Day three(01/02/2017), Wednesday afternoon 2:30.

RAJAHMUNDRY--> VISAKHAPATNAM

 

Distance: 190.7 KM

 

Drive Time: 3 hours 30 minutes hours without a break

 

Mileage: 13.2 KMPL

 

Vehicle: Honda City VX Manual Transmission

 

Fuel: Petrol

 

Speed: Cruised at 120 KMPH

 

Route: Visakhapatnam--> Annavaram--> Visakhapatnam.

 

The road conditions are excellent four lane road till Vishakapatanam.

Started off to Visakhapatnam in the afternoon at 2:30 after watching the no use budget

Reached Visakhapatnam by 6:00PM.

Attended a marriage in the night at slept at 1:00AM

 

Stayed at Green Park Hotel. Hotel is excellent. Price ₹7000 per night we got for ₹6000 office discount.

 

PLACES TO EAT ON THE WAY TO VISAKHAPATNAM:

One Food Court at Annavaram on the right side while going to Visakhapatnam.

 

Day four (02/02/2017), Thursday Morning 11:00.

Visited few places and temples.

Places: Kailash Giri, Submarine Museum.

Temples: Laxmi Narasayamma temple at Sujatha Nagar.

Simhachalam.

Very bad that I forgot my camera in the room couldn't take pictures that day.

In the night we visited RK Beach. The night is unforgettable... Slept for few minutes on the marble platform and watched the sea. Clicked few pictures... And left the place.

Day five (03/02/2017), Friday Early Morning 5:00.

Visited Tenneti Park for sunrise photoshoot. Took pictures from the view point and enjoyed the scene.

Here are few pictures of the sunrise and my Golden Horse.

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Started to Rajahmundry at 3:00 in the afternoon and reached by 6:00 in the evening.

 

Day six(04/02/2017), Saturday Morning 7:00.

Distance: 430KM

Drive time: 9 hours including one long break and few short breaks

Mileage: 13.2 KMPL

Vehicle: Honda City VX Manual Transmission

Fuel: Petrol

Speed: Cruised at 110KMPH.

 

Took another route from Rajahmundry not the regular Rajahmundry--> Vijayawada--> Suryapet--> Hyderabad route. This is a bypass route which skips Rajahmundry takes you through a new bridge over Godavari river and then connects to the Khammam-Aswaraopet road. Take left from lalacheruvu and it'll connect you to the bypass route.

 

The road conditions are worst two laned road till Aswaraopet, once you enter Aswaraopet you should take a left and it'll connect you to Khammam road. The road from Aswaraopet is excellent two laned road, one can easily cruise at 100KMPH. Road is surrounded by lush greenery and farms. Many places to rest under trees. This road has many truck traffic as they enter this road to avoid toll gates. It took us 9 hours to reach Hyderabad because of the worst road till Aswaraopet. After Khammam it connects to sathupalli and then connects to Suryapet then regular highway starts. Enter this road only if you want to avoid toll plazas.

On this route we reached home by 5:30. We stay at Kompally traffic starts from Uppal.

 

PLACES TO EAT: Vijayawada to Hyderabad

Many way side Restaurants till Suryapet. After Suryapet there are many good restaurants, few are

On the left when coming to Hyderabad:

1) G Hotel

Nice hotels with decent price and quality

2)Hotel Sai Prasad Pure Vegetarian

Pure vegetarian restaurant, no neatness

3) Vivera. after Narketpally

Veg and non veg no neatness

 

Hyderabad to Vijayawada : On the right when going to Vijayawada:

1) Annapurna Pure Vegetarian

Decent and simple veg restaurant

2) Village Aharam

Organic restaurant

3) Ma Palle Ruchulu

Super village themed restaurant with good food and decent price

4) 9 restaurant

Haven't tried

5) 7 food court

Good food, good ambience value for money.

Lastly thanks a lot to the guys in the WhatsApp group who had helped me in the journey happy.pnghappy.pnghappy.png

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Superb information in the post[mention=342]krish[/mention] .. Thanks a lot for sharing

Thank you very much
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10 hours ago, shiva said:
Beautiful pictures bro.
Love those beach pictures.


Thanks a lot bro
 

 

 

 

8 hours ago, teju b said:
Perfect info[mention=342]krish[/mention].... I am planning to do this one next month and this is gonna definitely help me out


All the best
Happy journey...
Call me if you have any doubts regarding the route. You can find me on WhatsApp group. Name is SK. There are two SKs check the dp
Forgot to mention, the bypass road fom lalacheruvu, Rajahmundry is awesome for some 40-50KM.. and after that the worst road starts and that 100KM(APPROX) worst stretch takes 2-3 hours depending on your vehicle. It took 2 hours 30 minutes for me to complete because of low GC of my car. Took 2 underbody hits despite of maintaining a low speed.
Trust me, 50 KM you'll enjoy driving and after that you can only see potholes and truck accidents till Aswaraopet.
Only way side Restaurants and no puncture repair walas on the way till Khammam.

 

 

 

1 hour ago, gowtham said:
Excellent information and pictures, very well written Thank you for sharing. 

 


Thank you very much bro.
 

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Good to hear the roads are nice from Rajahmundry to Maredumilli.
It is neglected by our government from years. It is a beautiful forest.

Your post is very informative.:cooler:

 

 Winter and monsoon is the best time to visit.
 

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Good to hear the roads are nice from Rajahmundry to Maredumilli.
It is neglected by our government from years. It is a beautiful forest.

Your post is very informative.:cooler:
 
 Winter and monsoon is the best time to visit.
 

Government laid a good road.. taking good care of the forest.. you'll definitely love the government for the work..

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Nice write up with good pictures! And with lot of information. Thank you for sharing such a detailed post!
It's true!! Maredmulli is one of the good places to visit for all the nature lovers!! This place is still in my bucket list!
Is there any package for jungle star nature camp?

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Nice write up with good pictures! And with lot of information. Thank you for sharing such a detailed post!

It's true!! Maredmulli is one of the good places to visit for all the nature lovers!! This place is still in my bucket list!

Is there any package for jungle star nature camp?

₹1200 for a tent. 4 per tent. If you want to go there take a proper off-roader 4*4 is not a necessity there unless you do heavy off-roading. Take a vehicle which can manage bad roads, sharp turns, u turns in a single lane road and which can sometimes Cross a bad road with small wooden logs because there near some area you can even come across wild animals in the morning. Go with a group of people who are prepared to take risk if you want to explore some beautiful, lonely, lush green, dense forest.

The name itself brings excitement in my heart.

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₹1200 for a tent. 4 per tent. If you want to go there take a proper off-roader 4*4 is not a necessity there unless you do heavy off-roading. Take a vehicle which can manage bad roads, sharp turns, u turns in a single lane road and which can sometimes Cross a bad road with small wooden logs because there near some area you can even come across wild animals in the morning. Go with a group of people who are prepared to take risk if you want to explore some beautiful, lonely, lush green, dense forest.
The name itself brings excitement in my heart.


Thank you for the info and suggestions@krish!! Will definitely go to this place with my friends
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      Ford Freestyle is built to tackle bad roads and those beautiful untouched, unexplored roads. This said, the ride quality will definitely be on the stiffer side making all those shocks on the bad roads creep in. We can feel the thud sound when the car goes over speed breaker, potholes even in very low speeds. The suspension is on the stiffer side making the car super stable during high speeds and super rough on the bad roads. Space is strictly adequate in the front row and strictly average at the rear and the boot. The driving position is commendable. We sit higher than many of the hatchbacks making us see the road clearly. The car sitting at a height of 190mm from the ground makes driving on worst roads a breeze. No worries of under body hits. 
       
      The performance from the engine on offer is something else. It effortlessly touches 80 kmph in the second gear itself and 0-100 kmph in under 10 seconds making it one of the fastest car in India. This car even outshines VW Polo in terms of performance. This is the most economical, fun to drive car in India giving good fuel efficiency numbers.  Even Ford EcoSport doesn’t offer the low end torque and that jump this car offers. Reason being same engine for a lighter car. 
       
      Capabilities:
      Ford calls the Freestyle a Compact Utility Vehivle and in my opinion its justified. It is not just a raised hatch/hatch with cladding or hatchback in SUV cloths as claimed by few online forums. Having used this for almost a year, clocking 20,000 kms, going for some unexplored areas, I can confidently say that this means some serious business, built for a purpose, a very practice vehicle. If not for serious off-roading, this is made for serious travelling and to glide on those beautiful untouched roads... 
        Safety:
      Ford is known for this. It’s always ahead of the other cars in the segment when it comes to giving safety features if not fancy features.
      2 airbags ABS with EBD Reverse parking sensors Driver and passenger seat belt alarm is standard across all the varient in all the models of Ford Central Locking  Speed sensing door locks  Child safety locks  Making it the most value for money varient. 
       
      The top of the line varient Titanium comes with added features like 
      TCS HLA ESP  
      And the even premium varient the Titanium Plus comes with added features like
      6 airbags SYNC3 system With all the above features. 
       
      Road Trips:

      I’ve done many road trips in this 10 months. Multiple trips to Hyderabad-Vijayawada but there are few trips that standout, that tested my skills, that took me to places I’ve never thought I would. 
       
      The first one being 
       
      Hyderabad to Maredumilli

       
      This remains my favourite trip of all. This tested my skills on the ghat during heavy rains and low visibility, took me to a beautiful place called Pamulery Vagu inside the forest.

      It was fun driving this car in those ghats. Steering feel and feedback was really good and was spot on. This trip will be forever remembered. The engine sound coupled with cool breeze and nature sounds made this a really wonderful and memorable trip with my Ford Freestyle.

       
      Hyderabad to Yanam via Ramachandrapuram 
       
      This place is really beautiful. I’ve been to Yanam in 2012 in our Swift Dzire. I was siting beside my father and was observing him cruising in that beautiful cool, rainy weather. I was 16 back then. Learning driving from my father in our colony roads. I was amazed by the way it cruised, clicked many pictures  in my father’s Galaxy S3. I couldn’t know more about the place. All I knew was the beach and the beautiful Jesus statue. Nothing beyond that.
       
      This is 2019 and I was on the wheel with my father sitting beside me and my Sony A6000 DSLR in the rear seat to click the beautiful places. It was 4:30 in the morning, I fired the loud TDCi engine waking up others in my house at Ramachandrapuram. We hit the roads and it was all nostalgic.
       
       
      The roads were bad, full of potholes and very bad curves. This gave me a new experience to drive on those village roads full of potholes and truck traffic from the opposite direction with high beam. Made me explore Yanam and the nearby mangroves and getting to know the place beyond beach and of course the beautiful Jesus statue, reminded my father of his childhood and the hotel where he used to sometimes eat and now we having  our breakfast which is still running with the same quality at Drakshramam. This also proved how beautiful my car is gliding  over those big potholes with very loud and uncomfortable sounds in the cabin and  zero underbody hits. making this another memorable road trip. 
       
      Vijayawada to Hyderabad
       

      I’ve done multiple trips between Hyderabad-Vijayawada on our Honda City as well as Ford Freestyle as my father is posted there. But this will be remembered.
       
      This unexpected drive for few minutes under the railway bridge tested my knowledge on flood water driving, knowledge can be acquired by learning but not experience. And this kind of experience is very rare. This tests our skill, It’s a do or die situation. Drive well and come out of the pool or get stuck ruining your car permanently. 
       
      The experience was all together a very different one. This kept me in a situation where It was all on me. No one to help me, guide me or drive the car. This proved the capabilities of ford Freestyle and my driving skills. The punchy low end torque never worried me or gave a feel of stalling. It never lost the grunt. I successfully came out of it which doubled my confidence in driving and my love towards the car.
       
       
      Accidents & Incidents 
       
      It was 24th of April, 8:45 in the morning. I was driving towards Suchitra Junction to meet my father’s colleague and take my internship certificate which I forgot in her cabin the previous day. I tuned into 98.3 radio mirchi my favourite radio station and was just 5 minutes away from my home when the unexpected saddest thing happened.  

       

       

       
      A construction truck which was coming from the opposite direction taking a 90 degree banged into my car’s rear third quater leaving a really bad damage. It was a hit and run case. Many villagers ran behind him but he fled away leaving me in utter grief. The impact was huge but the damage was small considering the impact.
       
      Did anyone remember this? “the impact was small, but the damage was really huge” “A thought to upgrade to a safer vehicle struck my father’s mind” and this proved to be the right choice, the safer vehicle. 
       
      It was 31st of July, 3:30 in the evening, I was driving  from Tellapur towards Kompally on ORR. An incident which taught me the meaning of hydro planning, made me realise the power of water and yet again made me fall in love with my car.   
      It was raining, the road was good obviously because it’s the ORR a Hyderabadi drivers favourite, the road was empty and there’s a water pool that can be seen on the left most lane.
       
      A child in me touched triple digit speeds (100kmph) from 80kmph wanted to spill the water and went straight onto the waterlogged pool only to loose control over my car. The vehicle immediately lost traction, drifted towards the right, steering was out of my control for few seconds, I tried very hard to steer the car to the left keeping it in the lane and I succeeded.
       
      All thanks to the traction control that my car has. This taught me how much dangerous water can be and the force of water. Never after this incident I touched triple digit speeds during rains. 
       

       
      To sum it up, Freestyle is a car that definitely puts a smile the drivers face. Particularly the TDCi. It’s rightly called a pocket rocket. 

      Freestyle is not about luxury, its rugged, rough, not so comfortable when compared to the competition, the interiors are hard, the plastics are not placed well but as said before its lal about ruggedness and practicality. Once you are behind the wheel of a Ford you’ll forever be the fan of Ford.
       

       
      Srikrishna Bhavaraju
      A true Ford Lover


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